William Carlos Williams' Collected Poems Volume I reissued as a
Carcanet Classic. Described by Thom Gunn as `an ideal edition',
this first volume of William Carlos Williams' Collected Poems is a
vivid account of his formation as a poet, his time in Europe, and
his interactions with the major players of Modernism (he never
quite appreciated that he was one of them). The poems are printed
in the order of original publication, starting with The Tempers
(1913) and ending with Poems 1936-1939. Williams remains one of the
most popular American poets of all time, Whitman's heir but with a
voice wholly unlike Whitman's: provincial, particular, never quite
settled. His material is the stuff of daily life, though he takes
big risks of theme: `the urgent insurgent now' that he lives and
celebrates becomes history; it can generate energy even from the
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